Mindfulness and Gratefulness

Meditation, Mindfulness and Gratefulness

 

When most people think about meditation, they imagine a person sitting in the lotus position trying their best not to scratch those itches. Because once you put yourself in the lotus position and stop moving, everything starts itching.

The bad news is that you WILL start feeling itchy the second you close your eyes. The good news, however, is that once you start doing it right (meditating), your itches go away. Your stressful thoughts go away. Your never-ending problems go away. 

Everything goes away.

Except you. 

You and the universe. 

You become one with the universe. 

You feel connected to everything and you feel compassion for everything.

You still feel good about the good stuff, and bad about the bad stuff. But you stop hating, you stop spiting.

You feel at peace.

You realize how bad it is and feel compassion for those who do wrong.

You feel their pain and you understand them.

You understand they’re wrong, you understand that they don’t understand.

And you realize that you can’t feel anger anymore, you can’t feel bored, you can’t feel pressed or stressed.

And you’re fine with it.

You’re fine.

If doing push-ups is a way of working out your body, meditation is a way of working out your brain.

Many people will feel a sense of entitlement once they start meditating. They will undoubtedly feel better than before, but unfortunately feel better as a person than every other person they know. That’s the path to enlightenment, but don’t worry, it will pass.

Meditation can also be done in groups. The most enlightening type of meditation I’ve tried was active meditation. We would spread out evenly in a large room, close our eyes, and let ourselves be guided by the guru. A tribal music would be beating away in the background, but as the time would pass, the beats would sound stronger and stronger. We would be instructed to forget about our thoughts and concentrate on our body. Later in the exercise we would move, jump and stretch with our eyes closed. That alone would disrupt us from our smartphone-driven lives. Half an hour later we would open our eyes and see everything in a new light. Our phones would now look more like a bunch of props from a movie scene, other people would look more like weird curious creatures in the wild. You would think everything would seem distorted, but the feeling we all got was that of clarity, focus, and presence.

I wish I could be more of a guide to you in your path to enlightenment, but this is not the kind of journey you read in article. The purpose of the article is to make you hungry, curious about your personal path, your personal development, and to make you realize you need a master, to teach you how to be better every day, and one day even outshine him, your master. You can!

 

What’s your personal experience with Mindfulness and Gratefulness?

Share your thoughts in a comment below, or respond in a new post and share the link.

I look forward to read your responses!

 

 

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Mindfulness and Gratefulness

Mindfulness and Gratefulness

 

When most people think about meditation, they imagine a person sitting in the lotus position trying their best not to scratch those itches. Because once you put yourself in the lotus position and stop moving, everything starts itching.

The bad news is that you WILL start feeling itchy the second you close your eyes. The good news, however, is that once you start doing it right (meditating), your itches go away. Your stressful thoughts go away. Your never-ending problems go away. 

Everything goes away.

Except you. 

You and the universe. 

You become one with the universe. 

You feel connected to everything and you feel compassion for everything.

You still feel good about the good stuff, and bad about the bad stuff. But you stop hating, you stop spiting.

You feel at peace.

You realize how bad it is and feel compassion for those who do wrong.

You feel their pain and you understand them.

You understand they’re wrong, you understand that they don’t understand.

And you realize that you can’t feel anger anymore, you can’t feel bored, you can’t feel pressed or stressed.

And you’re fine with it.

You’re fine.

If doing push-ups is a way of working out your body, meditation is a way of working out your brain.

Many people will feel a sense of entitlement once they start meditating. They will undoubtedly feel better than before, but unfortunately feel better as a person than every other person they know. That’s the path to enlightenment, but don’t worry, it will pass.

Meditation can also be done in groups. The most enlightening type of meditation I’ve tried was active meditation. We would spread out evenly in a large room, close our eyes, and let ourselves be guided by the guru. A tribal music would be beating away in the background, but as the time would pass, the beats would sound stronger and stronger. We would be instructed to forget about our thoughts and concentrate on our body. Later in the exercise we would move, jump and stretch with our eyes closed. That alone would disrupt us from our smartphone-driven lives. Half an hour later we would open our eyes and see everything in a new light. Our phones would now look more like a bunch of props from a movie scene, other people would look more like weird curious creatures in the wild. You would think everything would seem distorted, but the feeling we all got was that of clarity, focus, and presence.

I wish I could be more of a guide to you in your path to enlightenment, but this is not the kind of journey you read in article. The purpose of the article is to make you hungry, curious about your personal path, your personal development, and to make you realize you need a master, to teach you how to be better every day, and one day even outshine him, your master. You can!

 

What’s your personal experience with Mindfulness and Gratefulness?

Share your thoughts in a comment below, or respond in a new post and share the link.

I look forward to read your responses!

 

 

Procrastinate

How to Procrastinate With Purpose

Procrastination is the act of delaying a task in favor of doing something more enjoyable.

People value short-term rewards instead of long-term benefits, a behavior known as ‘time inconsistency”.

1. Everyone has ideas. Some are good, some are bad, few are amazing. Most are boring. But procrastinators tend to have the most amazing ideas. Their ideas are so awesome that they don’t even know how to get around to doing them. Some of them try it anyway.

2. Why do most procrastinators procrastinate? Because they don’t have a system. They have ideas about what they should do to put their ideas in order. But they don’t. They could start small and increment their progress bit by bit. But they don’t. They could plan their whole idea in detail, so it’s easy to understand, adapt and implement. But. They. Don’t!

3. Procrastinators only start working on ideas that feel good to them. Starting small doesn’t feel good, it feels average. Doing small stuff is average. Why would anyone even get out of bed in the morning to feel average, when they have the choice of feeling good? Of course, no idea feels good a while after they’ve started it and they run into various hurdles. So basically what they do is start full throttle and then stop after a while, after it stops feeling good. You know it, I know it, they know it. But they do it anyway. They do it for the high, because it feels good in the beginning.

4. What psychologists know, but most people don’t is that we sort feelings and emotions by grade, not recurrence. A happy moment that feels like a 9 on a 1-to-10 scale is WAY better than ten moments that feel like an 8. This is true for all feelings and emotions. Having your 10, or pet die feels way worse than getting bullied at school or bossed around at work.

5. Once procrastinators integrate points 1-4 into their own system, they stop procrastinating. Only by understanding why you do what you do, can you really find a solution fit for your exact need. Your system should include incremental progress and incremental gratification.

6. This is a huge paradigm shift that takes a lot of time to master. It involves moving from big ideas that are self-contained and can be good or bad, to ideas that are split into small steps that you don’t feel much of anything about in particular. Just remember that mastery can only be achieved by teaching others. I’m mastering it myself as I write to you, so don’t be hard on yourself. Start small, increment and improve.